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Flat All-IP Architecture Using 3GPP Standard

Broadband network operators are planning to roll out all-IP networks beginning in the next two years, according to a new market study from ABI Research.

The move to an Internet Protocol-based infrastructure is a natural evolution for the mobile network as broadband services -- including Voice over IP, and other SIP services -- begin to be deployed. The industry aims to rival mobile WiMAX, which has similar aims and timescale.

In early 2008 there will be full 3GPP standards for mobile networks allowing IP-based services to be deployed, a process that ABI Research analysts expect to start in 2010, following trials in 2009.

"As we move to the end of the decade, mobile networks will emerge with a flat all-IP architecture using 3GPP standards to deliver multimedia services and VoIP. Operators want to control operating costs by eliminating the current dual circuit and packet switched networks," says ABI Research analyst Ian Cox.

This will enable service delivery platforms and IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) to be deployed in the network, streamlining operations and allowing new services to be introduced quickly. For users, says Cox, all-IP provides better and more compelling services and delivers higher data rates, for video and rich voice sessions.

For operators, all-IP allows services and transport in the network to be separated and to evolve independently. This will speed up the development of content and services, to the advantage of the whole industry.

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